Summer Educator

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), a nationally recognized leader in environmental education for people of all ages, seeks Environmental Educators for two of its sites, Rock Bottom Ranch and Hallam LakePrograms involve developing and teaching full-day and week-long programs, primarily with children ages 3-14 years old. An interested applicant may apply for one, or both positions. 


Primary Duties and Responsibilities: (80% time allocation)
1. Teach ACES Naturalist Field School Programs
2. Create and improve curriculum for ACES education programs

1. Teach ACES Field Programs:
• Teach non-residential environmental science field programs. This may include Hallam Lake, Rock Bottom Ranch, Toklat, Aspen Mountain sites or other remote site
• Travel to various field program sites
• Develop curriculum and educational material for associated courses
• Lead and safely manage students (K-12) in a wide range of environments and conditions (i.e. programs at 11,200 feet in elevation, working outdoors with children in wet and cold weather
• Lead other ACES programs as needed, including evening and weekend programing.

2. Create, update and improve curriculum:
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Update, improve, and document education curriculum for Naturalist Field School Programs.
• Organize and create educational resources and materials for related ACES programs. 

Secondary Responsibilities: (20% time allocation)
Rock Bottom Ranch Educators:
1. Assist and become involved with ranch animal husbandry, ranch maintenance, interpretive exhibits, and other ACES projects
2. Perform on-site visitor center hosting responsibilities. This includes leading educational agriculture/ranch tours, greeting and engaging guests, answering telephone calls, informal visitor education, and fielding questions.
3. Maintain site organization and cleanliness. This may include sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, window cleaning and restroom cleaning.
4. Other duties as assigned to further the mission of ACES.

Hallam Lake Educators:
1. Assist and become involved in visitor center maintenance including resident animal management, interpretive exhibits, and other ACES projects.
2. Perform on-site visitor center hosting responsibilities. This includes greeting and engaging guests, answering telephone calls, informal visitor education, and fielding questions.
3. Maintain site organization and cleanliness. This may include sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, window cleaning and restroom cleaning.
4. Other duties as assigned to further the mission of ACES.

Reporting Relationships
The Hallam Lake educator position reports to the ACES Education Director. The Rock Bottom Ranch educator position reports to the Rock Bottom Ranch Director. Both positions also report to the Naturalist Field School director. Coordination with other senior staff may be required.

Qualifications
• Bachelor’s or master’s degree in natural sciences, environmental education, agriculture education or related fields
• Minimum of two years’ teaching experience in a classroom or outdoor setting, elementary grade level preferred
• Experience with curriculum writing and development of educational teaching materials
• Ability to work independently as well as within a team-oriented environment
• Creativity and organizational skills essential
• Spanish language proficiency preferred
• Classroom teaching license or credential preferred

Employment Dates
• June 11, 2018 - August 17, 2018

Location
Rock Bottom Ranch staff is based at ACES’ 113-acre working ranch located in Basalt, Colorado.  

Hallam Lake staff is based at ACES’ 25-acre nature preserve located in Aspen, Colorado. 

Housing may be a part of compensation for either site base. 

Application Process
Please email cover letter and resume to ACES Education Director Arin Trook at atrook@aspennature.org. Please indicate in your application and/or cover letter whether you are applying for the Rock Bottom Ranch, Hallam Lake or both educator positions. Applications for 2018 are due by April 7th, 2018.